Skip to comments.Residents warned of mercury exposure after fluorescent light bulbs dumped at Dallas playground
Posted on 10/05/2013 8:04:02 PM PDT by Arthurio
DALLAS -- The parks and recreation department is warning residents near a south Dallas playground to be on the lookout for symptoms of mercury exposure after light bulbs were illegally dumped at the playground and a vacant lot across the street.
Nearly 1,000 electrical and fluorescent light bulbs were found Thursday at the Peary Play Lot in the 2800 block of Peary Ave. near Malcolm X Boulevard.
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I hate those CFLs. I’ve had several burst into flames in my house, and the resulting noxious fumes will burn your lungs and eyes terribly.
What kind of jerk would dump all those at a playground?
Malcolm X Boulevard?
Sounds like a racist attack.
Malcolm X Boulevard? That kind of tells you what area of town it is.
Illegal Aliens I would postulate.
I had two blow up, but no flames. Good grief, flames? One blew up in our bedroom over the bed, another in our family room over a couch. After cleaning up the mess, we banned CFL bulbs from our house, and stocked up on as many incandescent bulbs as we could store. People, don't use CFL's in living quarters!
Unidentified Fluorescent Objects?
That too is the fault of this twisted and sick Federal government and it’s demonic rules
A jerk who has had it with all the twisted rules about what trash the trash will and will not deign to pick up?
CFLs are quite normal here, but I do not like the color.
I hear the stupid scare about Mercury in the USSA, and calling hazmat teams when a CFL breaks...Geeesh, rolling the balls of it and coating coins was a favorite childhood pastime.
Is that why I am now a stupid old fart?
“I hate those CFLs. Ive had several burst into flames in my house, and the resulting noxious fumes will burn your lungs and eyes terribly.”
The lives of you and your family are nothing compared to POLITICAL CORRECTNESS. (and GE’s Bank Account balance)
You should be proud to sacrifice yourself on the Altar of Liberalism.
I am certain that the dorsal view of the perpetrator(s), would reveal a surface saturated with dihydrogen monoxide in its liquid phase.
You should be proud to sacrifice yourself on the Altar of Liberalism.”
I guess I am destined for the retraining camps. When the word first came out about CFL’s I stocked up on all the normal sizes of regular bulbs I use in my lamps and probably have enough to last the rest of my lifetime. I’ll use candles before I use a CFL.
You can order regular bulbs online.
An illegal Mexican contractor.
You can order regular bulbs online.”
Actually my son told me the same thing right after I bought my lifetime supply. Using my best senior logic I told him that one of these days the internet might crash and then at least I will have my own supply with no worry. I call the cupboard they are in my “Nancy Closet” versus the area where I have all our food stored which is called the “Obama Closet”.
Exposure to LIGHT from a CFL?
While it might not be as relaxing as light from an incandescent bulb, it is hard to see it as debilitating.
Keep in mind, I am not a proponent of CFL bulbs. I do not like or support their use, but I do live in Real-ville.
No sir this is mercury gas not liquid. If you breathe it in its a whole lot worse than playing with the liquid The tubes have 150000000 times the concentration that you should ever be allowed to be exposed. These mercury vapor lamps are pure evil that GE and the EPA want to make us
All use over and over than have to recycle them exactly how they say or get in trouble
Some as swipe like this should have dropped off these lights in front of the local EPA office. Or the local demoncrap office holders office. Or the newspaper office. Freak them out. Make them look at their mercury filled glass tubes and be afraid
These losers poison children Probably illegals who just didn’t want to pay the recycling fees
They HARM sensitive people. This is WELL proven. Look up. ‘ fluorescents and health ‘. They are TRULY EViL and the governments and giant companies have made Trillions on them for 50 years and if the word doesn’t get out for 50 more.
They give off UV. They give off radio frequencies. They operate at 35000 hz. They destroy nearby electronics
They are as evil as anything ever invented. Glass tubes filled with mercury gas poisoning the health eyes and minds of gernerations.
Our stupid evil guvmint has been at the forefront of lying about these things and casting off the vulnerable and sensitive among us as’just a few ‘.
We need to end fluorescent lamps aka mercury vapor lamps NOW
LEDs and regular lamps are fine and can completely replace.
Do NOT use these. They are as evil as the killing of babies
I have a freind whose house burned...cause was a CFL. This was determined by the fire insurance investigator. Yet they keep selling them.
I knew the CFLs had mercury. I wasn’t aware that florecents have it. I broke two the other day so I could put them in my trash. The trash was picked up and hauled off to a dump somewhere.
So what happens to all the CFLs and tubes that are destroyed and thrown around in tornadoes and earthquakes?
Yes, I do understand that CFLs are bad. That is why I rarely turn one on. I am not, however, going to believe that a five min. exposure to one is going to shorten or threaten my life.
All of my normal lighting is incandescent.
CFL’s can cause skin damage, especially for those with sensitive skin. They release UVA and UVC rays. I won’t use them.
We stocked up on quite a few of the old light bulbs as we had room for, but how I wish we could get them back again. After asking around, not a single person that I’ve spoken with disposes of these CFL’s at a recycling center. All of them go into the regular trash and on to landfills. It won’t be long until water tables are contaminated with mercury!!! When will D.C. ever learn that they aren’t qualified to make our choice for us!!!???
I've used them for over ten years. Never had one "blow up" or catch on fire. Also, in the living quarters the lamps are inside fixtures that contain the lamp. No worries here.
Or, an American contractor who hires illegals.
Well!!!Now don't blame the EPA for that one.....who could have foreseen something like that!!!
For decades those long fluorescent tubes have been used in schools, office buildings, stores, etc. and no one cared a bit. Heck, as a school kid me and my friends used to throw rocks at them to break them if we ever saw them in dumpsters. Why all the fuss now?
Two things about CFLs:
1. They do flicker or pulse
2. They emit a lot of UV, including UVC, to which humans normally are very minimally exposed.
Wow! This is criminal!
Imagine if they were incandescent!
5 years ago or thereabouts, I had, within a few months of each other, 2 of the squirrely CFL “bulbs” burst into flames.
Good thing I was right there, because there would have been a devastating fire otherwise.
Any of the “bulbs” that say they produce the equivalent of 60W or more, I only use in certain settings where a spontaneous [burst/fire] failure WILL NOT cause a fire to be spread.
Had such a CFL “bulb” go very dim and show signs of heat, very early yesterday morning. It was up in the kitchen range hood.
PS: I won’t use the halogen “bulbs” at all.
PPS: I’ve not found these CFL “bulbs” to last more than 2 years, despite “7 year” claims.
That's simply not true. While they do interfere with radio reception (AM only), they do NOT destroy electronic devices.
Oh yeah. Plug in something expensive and sensitive to harmonics exit to one and see what happens. I dare you
And the fact that they are toxic ,cause fires ,’and give off non visible radiation and radio frequencies and hurt people should be enough but I know there will Still be some of you defenders out there for some reason defending the indefnedible - putting dangerous mercury filled lass tubes in our homes
Here is who you are aligning with like it or not
That is the big lie. The guvmint acts as if the stupid CFL is another technology. Because the tubes have been sround since the 1940 s
Everyone is used to them and doesn’t think twice.
Mercury content. GAS. VAPOR Not some small drop of liquid
4 ft. T8 ( skinny , newer). 20-40 mg
4 ft T12. (Fatter. Older ). 40-70 mg or more
CFl. Depends on size. Curly 13w. 10 -18 mg. utube. 13 -15 mg
Larger Cfl. 20-35 mg
Note that most lamps are made in China. No regulation. Putting more Hg in makes lamp brighter and last longer. Content varies widely
Max exposure for human = .0002 mg. / m3
Lamps conc is approx. 100 Billion times this max exposure limit
Hg vapor is odorless colorless and HEAVY. It never goes away
After 70 years of these things you still didn’t know that till I just told you
That’s how TRULY EVIL these things are and to boot our guvmint
For covering this up
Do you care about mercury poisoning or not. If not I suggest you tell everyone to bring their lamps over do you can break them and have fun like a teenager
Otherwise look up mercury and realize this is a big deal and stop copping the government lines that are being used to poison us and lie
‘Its only a little bit of mercury’
’ it’s only a few sensitive people that are harmed’
Get a grip dude. I haven’t been a teenager in decades ... I didn’t say I still do this.
You missed my point. Florescent lights have been around a very long time. Why has this controversy only started with the compact ones?
And by the way ... I turn in my bulbs to Lowe’s when they burn out. They take them for free.
No ... they don’t last. That’s why I’ve stopped using them. I still have 7 year old incandescent bulbs burning brightly but could never get a CFL to last a couple of months. I only have 1 left in the house and two outside.
This is not controversy. And it did not start with The stupid CFL which are A complete and unmitigated disaster. People have been warning about the tubes since the 1980s. They have been ignored and now I am taking up the banner as a chemical engineer who understands the horror this is inflicting on the world that no one can see taste or feel
The sooner we stop this the sooner we stop millions of people a day from being irreversibly poisoned
It was simply the GREED of the MERCURY PURVEYORS who said.
’ hey let’s get our mercury lamps into every home now !’
Around 1994. Then they paid the bureaucrats and the global warming fools to pick up the banner For the last 20 yrs. it’s ongoing
Save the planet. Install CFLs they said
Now these highly dangerous noxious and toxic lamps are in every none
Because of this now everyone MUST be aware of the truth
Not just business owners who STILL after 70 years of these things mostly don’t know they are filled with mercury gas
BTW. I have never met Anyone who likes fluorescents. No one
They suck and are terrible light. No decent restaurant would use them
I'm not categorically defending CFL bulbs, as you have accused, so don't suggest I'm a tool of the "mercury purveyors". For the record, I am 100% opposed to any governmental mandates for the use of such bulbs.
I am challenging one specific, indefensible statement that you made.
Do you actually know what "harmonics" are, or is that just a word that you saw on some environmental wacko web site? A properly designed electronic device will not be damaged by the level of RF energy radiated by a CFL bulb. If a device was so poorly engineered that that were the case, it would be driven from the marketplace almost immediately.
For better or worse, we are surrounded by "radio frequencies". Radio stations, TV stations, cell phones, cell phone towers, police and emergency services, WiFi services, radar, light dimmers, wireless everything you can imagine. And, yes, even some LED bulbs that are being touted as the eventual replacement for the CFL.
Virtually every modern electronic device radiates some RF energy, particularly those with switching mode power supplies.
Are you one of those Luddites who wants all of those things eliminated?
I sold flourescent lamps for 6 years. Among other electrical stuff. There was always a barrel in the warehouse where the broken tubes were kept. The rep would re-imburse us.
Nice try I am a power quality engineer certified by Elspec
Look up them and get back to me
I get paid to diagnose utility caused problems in terms of power factor voltage and phase imbalance and incorrect metering. My equipment which is calibrated stands up in court vs utility meters
You probably assume all metering is correct as you would assume our brilliant guvmint would surely never allow 99c crap from china to harm our electronics. This a 99 c bulb that has a 25-60000 hz ballast inside that is supposed to make sure the mercury doesn’t ignite after lit up
I will spare you embarrassment by noting that assumption starts with?
Now I see you’re quickly backtracking once I told you who you were unknowingly shilling for. The Mercury Purveyors. Yes I coined that term
So I am not only about not having the stupid government and their stupid global warming idiots shove this crap down our throats
I want ALL mercury lamps Banned period. Now and forever more
Mercury levels around such are like 1 gram per m-3. Most recent safe level is 200 x 10-9. m-3. Or 200 nano grams per
Can’t see or smell it. Stays where it’s at at 200 g mole-1 vs air at 32 g
Sorry no one ever told you. Please let others still working there know
This is very very serious stuff.
I don’t care what you claim to be. Chemical engineer? Power quality engineer? Whatever.
I don’t shill for anybody.
Show me some documented cases in which RF energy (either radiated or coupled into the power line) from a CFL bulb caused the failure of an electronic device. I don’t mean some annoying hash on an AM radio that goes away when you turn off the light, I mean actual failure to continue operation.
That is the only point I am challenging you on. Why can’t you accept that and prove me wrong on that point, instead of accusing me of being involved with some sort of evil conspiracy.
That crap just makes you look like a nut.
You are starting to sound like a shill for the industry the mercury purveyors
So I’m supposed to do some PQ study on one of 200 billion or so lamps that are out there and only then you will be convinced
That mercury gas filled tubes with Ballsts to make sure they don’t explode are not ok anymore
They are NOT acceptable , PQ study you think is sufficient or not
You have used most of the liberal type tricks I’ve seen
Compare them to something else demean the opponent
I am going to repeat this over and over until everyone knows
THE TRUTH about these horrible monstrosities and we get rid of them
Forever and ban their future use
Mercury is really really bad. And it’s unique properties make it as you see
VERY dangerous !
Please help get the word out and not suppress the truth about these relics of the 1940s. Yes the 1940s
It’s time for nice light again. Like the sun. Not the blue hazard of mercury
Here is a documentary film which shows how ordinary citizens got headaches, skin rashes and other negative effects from CFL lamps, and demanded answers, and got none.
Watch this and please feel free to defend your insult again proving you are indeed a shill. Defend forcing sensitive people to suffer under these horrible harmful radiation spewing crap the EPA makes us use
These awful relics of the 1940s hurt people. There is a much better way
People need not SUFFER under these hideous monsters anymore